Prerequisites: A or B in past English courses & on the Junior Research paper; strong English skills.
AP English engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods from American and British literature, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. They read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values it reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. A.P. English is for preparation for the advanced placement language and composition test. Students choosing to take the A. P. exam may pay a fee (Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also qualify for a "fee-reduced" exam) to earn possible college credit.
No prerequisites class required unless stated in the course description.